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Page 75 – Epiphanies

So I just had the biggest epiphany of my entire writing life and I’m actually half-hysterical over it. I can’t stop laughing and saying OMG out loud.
 
For those of you familiar with Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere concept… I’ve always kind of known that there is a relationship like that between all the different worlds I write in.  (Seriously.  Since I was 14 and Brandon Sanderson was still unknown.)  I was never quite able to pinpoint the connection, though… Until today.
 
I KNOW WHAT THE CONNECTION IS.
 
And this means I know what makes my magic systems on every world work at the core (adapted for different evolutions/worlds of course) and a much better idea of how it’s all going to come together at the end. (If the end ever comes; I don’t intend to stop writing until I’m dead.)
 
I am absolutely giddy.
 
And I need to let it sit and let this feeling pass because if I try to write like this it’s gonna look like a whole bunch of asdfjkl.

The Year of Dreaming Bigger and Reaching Higher

I’ve been quiet for a while, at least on my blog.  I’m more active on Twitter and Facebook because they’re a much shorter format.  (And you can find both off to the right-hand side!)

But this past weekend I attended the Life, The Universe, and Everything writing symposium again.  Those of you that have followed me for a while know that this is one of the biggest highlights of my writing year.   I’m still processing it all.  But as always, I will have plenty to say about it once that processing is done.  🙂

But the biggest, best thing I got out of it this year is a renewed confidence in my talent, skill, and ability to be an up-and-coming professional.  And because of LTUE, I know what the theme for 2015 is meant to be.

2015 is the Year of Dreaming Bigger and Reaching Higher.

This year, I believe in me.  This year, I believe in taking everything that the previous years have given me, and applying it to making something incredible of my life.  This year is the one where I build the foundation that will allow me to quit my day job next year and write full time.  And this year is the one where my life finally becomes everything that I want it to be, not what everyone else around me says it should be.

Starting off a new year

Holiday hectic time is over.  This year I had my kids who live with my Ex during the school year visiting me, so if I’ve been quiet between that and the post-Nanowrimo de-stressing, I’m sure you can all understand.   🙂

But without any further ado, I’d like to say just one thing:  I have a very good feeling about 2015 and what it’s going to mean for my writing.

For a while there, I gave every year a theme.  “This is the Year of ____.”  I’ve had the year of awesome, the year of doing things, the year of self-discipline.  2014 passed without being labeled, for whatever reason, but I’m feeling like 2015 needs something.

2015 is the Year of Dreams.

This is the year where I finally get a story accepted to Sword and Sorceress (third time’s the charm, right?).  This is the year where I self-publish AND see decent sales.  This is the year that I manage to gain an agent and/or a publisher.  This is the year where I might actually get somewhere with Writers of the Future.  This is the year I apply for a dream job, not because I think I’ll be able to get it, but just to say that I’m chasing my dream. This is the year I go back to school to finish my degree–and it will finally be in creative writing instead of something “more practical”.

Above all, this is the year where I stop letting naysayers hold me back, including the biggest naysayer of them all: myself.  This is the year I let go of fear and just go for it.  Every opportunity, every chance will be taken.  This is the year I stop talking about following my dreams and actually do it instead.

Bear with me.  I think it’s going to be the craziest and most amazing year yet.

An update on this draft…

So I was rolling along pretty dang well for a bit there, and then suddenly I get stuck.  I’m stuck for three days or so… and then when I finally get unstuck, I have an epiphany that makes me cry out of sheer frustration.

This stupid book wants to be split in half, have both halves expanded, and become two books.   This makes what was going to be three books into four (or more, depending on what the subsequent books do to me in the writing).

Now, this is okay in the long run.  It really is.  I thought about it a lot before deciding to go ahead and give the series what it wants.  But in the short run, I hit that point the other night in the novel-writing process where I hate this stupid book and I want to throw it out the window and it needs to DIE IN A FIRE NOW.

So in desperation, I reached out to twitter.  And then nearly died of fangirl-ing when I got an answer back that I less-than-half-expected.   (more…)

I want to be

I took a few days off after winning Nanowrimo to enjoy Thanksgiving and having my cousin and her family in town.  I’m still feeling pretty pleased with myself for managing to accomplish all 50k words.

One of the admins on the unofficial Nanowrimo facebook group posted a prompt today that got me thinking.  “I want to be the kind of writer…” and we were supposed to fill in the blank.  I was surprised by how easily my answer came to me.

  • I want to be the kind of writer that can write full-time and pay my bills doing what I love.
  • I want to be the kind of writer that treats her fans well because I’ve been treated very well by some of the finest authors in my genre and it’s done wonders for my confidence.
  • I want to be the kind of writer that helps other writers.
  • I want to be the kind of writer that brings hope to people like me, and enjoyment to all my readers.
  • I want to be the kind of writer who makes a difference.

Answering the prompt really didn’t require much thought on my part because over the last two years or so I’ve done a lot of thinking about this very subject.   I know what sort of writer I am and want to be, because it’s who I am.  Every other job I’ve ever taken, every other hobby I’ve pursued, it all comes back to doing and being THIS in the end.   I am and always have been a writer.

Now I just want to be the kind of writer that gets paid.

The query letters are in the works.

Soon.  Very soon.

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